Genre for the Holidays – The Novel Christmas Party

December 7, 2012 at 12:16 am (fantasy, Links, Magic University, writing) (, , , , , , , )

I’ve been put to the challenge – the Novel Christmas Challenge, as put forth by Lit and Scribbles to be exact, as you can find described here.

So here’s my response, specifically for Magic University…

What carol, even if you have to stretch a little, best describes your novel and why?

I’d have to say The Twelve Days of Christmas, because there are Twelve Admission Trials for Magic University, so in a way, they could be comparable. I could even come up with cute substitutes, like “A Stiggle in a pear tree”.

Christmas Party Questions:

  1. Who’s the first to show up and who’s the first to leave? Why?

The first to show up would be Nia, because she loves a good party and she doesn’t worry about the etiquette of arriving fashionably late:

Nia stared up at the sky, pensively. She drew in a long breath.

“I used to want a simple life. A cozy home, lots of kids, a relaxed sort of life – you know what I mean. But I’ve had to abandon that idea, so I want something big. Something that will benefit me now: wealth and riches, pervasive fame, nights spent partying. Perhaps I could be a court mage, or great adventurer/explorer.”

The first to leave would be Ebon, bitter because he can’t partake in the food, drink or other pleasantries.

“Bah! How can you possibly know what it’s like to be me. Perhaps you’ve faced discrimination because of your racial background, and perhaps people judged you without giving you a chance, but there’s much more to my suffering. When you cannot reach out and touch the things you desire, life loses all purpose. The only thing I have left to live for is restoring myself to what I once was, and that is a lofty ambition.” Ebon’s voice grew sour.

2. Who’s the first to start a fight? Why?

The first to start a fight would be Stiggle because he’s always getting into mischief and stirring up trouble

Taking advantage of the fact that his master was not paying, the imp scuttled up the road, slowing as he neared the dwarf, and creeping forward surreptitiously for the last few feet. Once within reach, he made a haphazard lunge for Shetland’s last mouthful and as a result of his clumsy efforts, he ended up entangled in the dwarf’s beard.

Shetland, red-faced and roaring, leapt to his feet and was dancing about, swinging wildly at Stiggle, who flapped and dangled at his chin and was shrieking at the top of his lungs. The ruckus was enough to easily snap Reid out of his reverie, aware now that his imp had been up to no good.

3. Who’s the first to get drunk? Why?

The first to get drunk would be Shetland because he doesn’t stop drinking as long as there is available alcohol … until he passes out (and being a dwarf, it takes an awful lot for that to happen.)

Finding himself alone, Shetland stared down the stairs and contemplated his options. He could make an early start on the Trial, but had no clue what he would do once he got there. Then again, most of the competitors had probably left their pitcher of ale untouched in their room. If he could manage to get in, he could help himself to as many as he pleased. He wandered over to the closest door, which had been left slightly ajar. Chuckling to himself, he slipped into the room, closing the door quietly behind him.

4. Who will enjoy the party most and who will loathe being there? Why?

Snyder would probably enjoy it the most because, as a bard, he tends to be the life of the party.

Snyder exhaled loudly, wiping tears from the corners of his eyes.

“I’m afraid the best way to get what you just described is to become a bard. Ok – unless you are good, you won’t be able to aspire to much in the way of wealth, but you can expect some measure of fame and bards get invited to all the best parties. Nor will being a bard hamper any plans for adventure or exploration. It’s easy to get around when you can carry everything you need to make a living on your back.”

As for who would loathe being there, once again that would be Ebon (for the same reason as #1).

Are you up for the challenge?


1 Comment

  1. Jae said,

    It seems like this is a great way to learn about other people’s characters. Thanks for sharing! I especially liked your Christmas Carol choice. I think getting through the whole 12 Days of Christmas song is a trial in itself. Sounds like a perfect fit for your story!

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